The Worst of The Flying Russell Bros. is a compilation of songs written and recorded between 1977 and 1983.
NOTE: We were just "The Russell Bros." until we were dubbed "Flying" by Eric Williams when Dan flew out of the back of Bro. Jim's convertible while making an exit off of the freeway for a beer run. We looked back, and he was running after the car with the worst case of road rash I have ever seen. Ironically, this happened on the way back from a Pink Floyd concert (Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour). He also rolled down the very pointy metal bleecher staircase (Palace of Auburn Hills) without a noticeable scratch. This created a distraction that scored he and I two tenth row seats.
We stayed for about 5 minutes before we needed a cold beverage, and laughingly returned to our nosebleed section seats beside Jim and Eric.
These songs were the first songs we recorded with the ability to dub 2 trks. They were part of the momentary lack of developmental reason for us.
(Caution: Most are pretty retarded, for those who can endure)
I had purchased an Akai 2 trk. reel to reel in 1977 from my friend, and recorded trks.2,9,10,11 by myself. I invited Tony to do some recording and we got out my moms' piano music scores to discover "Windmills"
and "Aquarius". Tony no sooner figured the guitar parts out when Dan, my Cousin Betty, and her boyfriend showed up from the bar to help out on vocals. Most were recorded in my bedroom in Burton, MI, with the exception of: trk.13 recorded in my Mothers living room using her baby grand piano and metronome, trks.1,14,15,16,20 Menton Ave. Flint, MI, trks.16,17 recorded on Patterson St. Flint, MI.
Tracks.1,12,14-18 were recorded on Dans' Sound Design Home Stereo cassette recorder.
Trks. 5, 7,13-16 were the only songs ever performed live. Trks. 5,7,13 were recorded and performed by The Rub. We won a Battle of the Bands (included 6 hours of recording in a professional studio) at the Mikatam Ballroom (Michael Moore event) when we played "Tried to be Cool". Dan told him we didn't want it.
Trks.14,15,16 were performed live by The Russell Bros. at the U of M Brewery and Doobies bar in 1982.
Trks.17,18 were part of an impromptu jam session.
Tom Russell, Fall 2010
Dan Russell -
Guitar trks. 1,5-8,13-18,20 Piano trk.13 Vocals trks. 3,4,5,13-16 Backup Vocals trk. 4.
Tom Russell -
Guitar trks. 2,9,10,11 Violin trks.1,3,5,13-15,17,18,20 Mandocaster trk.16 Vocals trks.2,4,6-11
Backup Vocals trks. 2, 3, 4,12,14 Tambourine, Castanets, Sticks, Maracas
Tony Rogers -
Guitar trks. 2, 3, Bass trks.16,17, Backup Vocals trks. 2, 3
All songs written by The Russell Bros.
(All rights reserved Russell Bros. Music 1982)
With the exception of: trk.3. Michel LeGrand, Alan Bergman, Marilyn Bergman
trk; 4. James Rado, Gerome Ragni, Galt MacDermot trk.14. David Bowie
trk.15. the late great Arthur Lee
2. Smell My Farts (1977 T)
3. Windmills of Your Mind (1977 T)
4. The Age of (Redneckness) Aquarius (1977)
5. Billy in the Fields (1977 bros.)
6. Gladys (1977 bros.)
7. I Tried to be Cool (1977 bros.)
8. Leap in the Lilac Bushes (1977 bros.)
9. ScoodlyWop Baby (1977 T)
10. He's Shy (1977 T)
11. Gooby in Her Doowop (1977 T)
12. Billy 2 (1977 bros.)
13. On the Trail of the Wild Slug (original version 1979 D)
14. Scary Monsters (Bowie) recorded 1982
15. Orange Skies (Love) recorded 1982
16. Young and Innocent Days (Davies) recorded 1982
17. Untitled 1 (1982 improv.)
18. Untitled 2 (1982 improv.)
19. Billy 3 (1977 bros.)